DeChambeau out of Olympics golf after positive virus test: PGA Tour

This file photo taken on July 15, 2021 shows US golfer Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th green during his first round on day one of The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Former US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau is out of the Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus, the PGA Tour announced on Sunday, saying Patrick Reed would take his place at the Tokyo Games.

"Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the final testing protocol before he left the United States for the Olympics 2020 in Japan," the PGA said in a statement on behalf of USA Golf. 

"He will be unable to compete for Team USA. 

"Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau and is undergoing the requisite testing protocol today, Sunday and Monday before departing for Japan."

Dechambeau could not hide his bitter disappointment. 

"I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," said DeChambeau, who won the 2020 US Open.

"Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team."

Reed, who won the Masters in 2018, will join Justin Thomas, recently crowned British Open champion Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele in the men's competition.

"I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo," said Reed.

"I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country."